Pablo Picasso, Fumeur à la Cigarette Verte (Smoker with Green Cigarette), 1964

Artist: Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973)
Title:Fumeur à la Cigarette Verte (Smoker with Green Cigarette), 1964
Reference:Baer 1168, Bloch 1168
Medium:Color Soft-ground etching and Aquatint
Image:23 1/2 in x 16 3/4 in (59.7 cm x 42.6 cm)
Sheet:31 in x 22 3/4 in (78.7 cm x 57.8 cm)
Framed:44 1/4 in x 37 in (112.4 cm x 93.4 cm)
Edition:Numbered from the edition of 50 in pencil in the lower left margin.
Signature:This work is hand signed by Pablo Picasso (Malaga, 1881 - Mougins, 1973) in pencil in the lower right margin.
Condition:This work is in very good condition.
ID #w-5028

Historical Description

A cartoon man stands before us smoking in what would otherwise be a lifeless portrait, that Picasso turns it into a charming caricature. With captivating eyes and puckered lips, surrounded by green hair framing his thin face, this man has a personality that matches his outlandish features. A bright yellow nose criss-crosses down his face, ending in poignant nostrils. The same yellow defines his chin and the space under his left eye. The light gray that makes up the left hand side of the image and his check reflect the smoke from the cigarette. Perhaps a reflection of himself or an alter-ego (they say art is the perfect form of therapy), there is perhaps no better chameleon of a man than Picasso.

Created in 1964, this work is hand signed by Pablo Picasso (Malaga, 1881 - Mougins, 1973) in pencil in the lower right margin, and is numbered from the edition of 50 in pencil in the lower left margin. Dated in the plate 22 août 64, this work is part of the Galerie Louise Leiris edition. The work was printed by Pennequin on d'Auvergne Richard de Bas paper and published by Crommelynck.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
Pablo Picasso Smoker with Green Cigarette (Fumeur à la Cigarette Verte), 1964 is fully documented and referenced in the below catalogue raisonnés and texts (copies will be enclosed as added documentation with the invoices that will accompany the final sale of the work).

1. Bloch, Georges Tome I Catalogue de l'œuvre grave et lithographié 1904 - 1967. Editions Kornfeld: Berne, 1984. Listed as catalogue raisonné no. 1168.
2. Baer, Brigitte. Peintre-Graveur Tome V Catalogue Raisonné de l'œuvre grave et des monotypes. Editions Kornfeld: Berne, 1989. Listed as catalogue raisonné no. 1168.
3. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this work.

About the Framing:
Framed to archival museum grade conservation standards, Pablo Picasso Smoker with Green Cigarette (Fumeur à la Cigarette Verte), 1964 is is presented in a complementary moulding with silk-wrapped mats and optical-grade Plexiglas.

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